Effect of integrated nutrient management on yield and quality parameter of winter maize (Zea mays)-summer sesame (Sesamum indicum) cropping sequence in middle Gujarat condition
Keywords:INM, Maize, Quality, Sesame, Yield
A field experiment was conducted at College Agronomy Farm, Bansilal Amrutlal College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, during the winter (rabi) and summer seasons 2019–20 and 2020–21, to study the effect of integrated nutrient management on yield of rabi maize (Zea mays L.) and its residual effect on succeeding summer sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) under irrigated condition. The experiment was laid out in a randomized block design with 12 treatments and 3 replications. Application of 75% recommended dose of fertilizer (RDF) + 25% recommended dose of nitrogen (RDN) through vermicompost + NPK consortium (soil application) resulted in the higher grain (5,742 kg/ha) and strover yield (8,518 kg/ha) as well as protein content (11.18%) maize crop. In succeeding sesame crop, residual effect of 75% RDF + 25% RDN through FYM + NPK consortium (soil application) along with 50% RDF (50 : 25 : 00 N : P : K kg/ha) recorded higher grain (1081 kg/ha) and stalk yield (2,370 kg/ha) along with oil content (47.77%) of crop.